Reader question: How do we get a GP in France? And is there a database of English speaking GPs?
Since the onset of online doctor booking services, it has become much easier to find English-speaking doctors in France.
The most widely used website for booking medical appointments is Doctolib. After entering the type of doctor you are looking for, which in your case is a médecin généraliste, and your location, you can select a language.
English is widely spoken in France, so you may have quite a number to choose from, depending on where you live. In the French healthcare system, you are asked to designate a chosen general practice doctor as your médecin traitant – your regular GP. Failure to do so could see you paying more than you should or healthcare fees not being refunded.
Your médecin traitant keeps ongoing records, refers you to specialists and is responsible for your overall health. On the first visit to your GP, you will be given a registration form to fill in and send to your local Cpam. You should generally always consult your médecin traitant first with any medical problem, with the exception of paediatricians, ophthalmologists, gynaecologists or medical emergencies.